What range of BMI is healthy for a woman of 70 years old?
When it comes to older adults, it’s usually better to have a BMI between 25 and 27 instead of a BMI under 25. For instance, it’s more suitable for people aged 65 or older to keep a slightly higher BMI which may protect them from bone thinning (osteoporosis).
It depends on the woman’s current weight and height, so using a good BMI calculator is the safest way to find the answer. But as a general rule of thumb, I would say somewhere between 25 and 27. Having a higher BMI can reduce the risk of osteoporosis in older adults.
Height and sex are the only two factors that play a role in determining BMI and ideal body weight for adults. The normal range for BMI ranges between 18.5 and 24.5 for everyone, with no exception of age. In comparison, senior women who fall into the low end of the healthy BMI range tend to show more adverse health conditions than those who lurk in the middle or even the high ends of the healthy BMI range. It’s worth noting that seniors who fall between a Body Mass Index of 25 and 27 have better health.
Height and sex, not age, determine ideal body weight and BMI (at least not for adults). Everyone, regardless of age, should have a BMI between 18.5 and 24.5.
However, older women at the low end of what is considered normal or ideal have poorer health status than those in the middle or high end of the normal range. I’ve also found that a BMI doesn’t give an accurate muscle to fat ratio.
I got my BMI measured when I was 70 years old. It was 24.2. Others said this was excellent, but I was more fat than muscle. I’ve flipped that ratio, yet my BMI remains the same, despite being physically healthier.
However, all you’ve got to do is find a BMI chart on the internet and measure yourself. It is pretty subjective.